I'm a Christian, a designer, and a gadget fan who lives in Cheltenham, UK.

This is my blog, a creative outlet to mess around and play with as well as a place that logs my thoughts and inspirations.

Inspiration: Benjamin Button

Every once in a while you stum­ble across some­thing that real­ly inspires you. Some­thing that makes you remem­ber why you are in this game they call graph­ic design.
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Many weeks ago Kevin Cor­nell announced the rea­son for his 6 month hia­tus and gave a sneaky glimpse of what he had been doing. I was a lit­tle intrigued but did­n’t real­ly dwell on it. The the oth­er day I was brows­ing on Ama­zon and The Curi­ous Case of Ben­jamin But­ton sprang onto my screen. Mak­ing a bit of snap deci­sion I decid­ed I would make the pur­chase, it was­n’t expen­sive and I remem­bered see­ing the name on Kev­in’s blog.
Upon deliv­ery I was instant­ly pleased I’d bought it. The book feels very nice to hold, I like the slight tex­ture on the hard­back cov­er and the crisp paper of the pages cou­pled with the bind­ing give a very high qual­i­ty feel. Before I’d even read a word or seen one of Kev­in’s illus­tra­tions I was already feel­ing inspired.
As I began the sto­ry Kev­in’s illus­tra­tions began to height­en that inspi­ra­tion. The draw­ings are fan­tas­tic, the com­bi­na­tion of draw­ing and water colour work very well. They draw you into the sto­ry, com­pelling you to turn the page to not only find out what hap­pens but also to see Kev­in’s illus­tra­tions.
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This is enhanced with the over­all pack­age of the book. Every­thing is drawn togeth­er per­fect­ly, the paper of the pages adds to the hand drawn illus­tra­tion and while every­thing is fin­ished so high­ly, I kind of had the feel­ing I was read­ing this from one of Kev­in’s sketch­books. But then the supreme qual­i­ty of the prod­uct makes you realise just too much work has gone into it for it to be a sketch­book.
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It’s clear why Kevin took 6 months off to com­plete this, and it’s backed up in the fin­ish­ing of the book from mate­ri­als to bind­ing and the emboss­ing on the front. It’s tru­ly inspired me when I need­ed it and cred­it has to be giv­en to Quirk Books for doing Kev­in’s work jus­tice and for cre­at­ing such a com­plete pack­age. If a book can give peo­ple good user expe­ri­ences, this one is top notch.